I was a volunteer for the Evening of Inspiration concert sponsored by Islamic Relief on Satruday July 29 at the New Jersey State Theater. It was great, Alhamdulillah! Sami Yusuf and Native Deen were advertised as the peformers and Preacher Moss was the host, but they also featured Brother Dash and Nazeel, a new artist with Awakening Records. I was disappointed in the prayer set up for maghrib salah, but then I realized that it was clearly impossible to improve what they had set up. Something that seriously hurt me was the fact that out of the 1500+ Muslims there, we only sponsored about 50 orphans. I was expecting to be at least 200 to 300, but I guess Muslims are poor these days (72 excuses).
Total raised from the tour in the US:
- Dallas: $150,000
- New Jersey: $190,000
- Detroit: $137,000
- Boston: $14,000*
- Chicago: $108,000
- Los Angeles: $200,000
All the funds collected (except in Boston) will be donated to the Lebanese/Palestine relief efforts and for millions of orphans around the world.
*The Boston concert was not an Islamic Relief concert but a MAS Youth concert.